I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

Amanda's Reviewed Picks By Category: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Social Issues, MemoirsPop Culture, Contemporary RomanceYA.

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Beach Read Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

I picked up Beach Read on a whim, looking for a fun distraction to get out of my reading slump and found a couple my heart won’t soon forget. Deeply moving and perfectly paced, Beach Read is a love story riddled with infectiously snarky banter and a slow burn romance between two writers hiding behind a somewhat ironic title. But don't let the cover and title fool you - this is so much more than just a summer read. If you pick up one love story this year, make it Gus and January’s.

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up, but I'm so glad I did.  Hendrix writes Horror Comedy, a new genre for me, very well -- somehow making it lighthearted and quirky, yet tense and horrifying at the same time. It’s a hell of a lot of fun, simply unputdownable, but it also tackles some more hefty issues such as  the under-appreciation of housewives, gender roles, and socio-economic divides between neighborhoods. This book wins the award for the MOST cringeworthy scene I have ever read. No spoilers though, once you read it, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!

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The Stranger in the Mirror: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062967329
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Published: Harper - July 6th, 2021

I must admit, I really thought I had this story all figured out 50 pages in. But reader, I was wrong, very wrong. Part 3 of this book has one of the biggest, twistiest twists I have ever read. I really love twisted books and the Constantine sisters are so talented at crafting endings that you’d never see coming from a mile away. 

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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

<insert all the heart eyes emojis> After absolutely swooning over Red, White, and Royal Blue I didn't know if McQuiston's writing could get any better. McQuiston is clearly becoming a force to be reckoned with in new adult romance, an author I know I can rely on for impactful queer stories. This book is straight up magic, a beautifully crafted love letter to belonging, community, and finding your place in the world. 

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ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

“Leave the World Behind” starts off a little slow, but it quickly becomes chilling, clever, and creepy. This book feels sticky; it's simultaneously atmospheric and claustrophobic.  Alam teases out the tension little by little and I had no idea what was going to happen up until the very last page.  

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

This book is easily one of the best true crime books I have ever read. I'll Be Gone In The Dark is part true crime, part memoir, complete masterpiece. McNamara spent nearly a decade intricately researching and playing amateur detective trying to weave together 40 years of evidence in an herculean effort to discover the true identity of The Golden State killer. This is a tremendously well-written and compelling book, worthy of every bit of acclaim it's gotten. It is especially satisfying to know this man has finally been caught, and my only lingering disappointment stems from the fact that Michelle didn't live long enough to see it.